CMAJ News: Health sector preaches patient privacy, but what about physician privacy?

The Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA) has seen an increased in the number of calls from physicians worried about patients recording appointments in recent years, according to Dr. Daniel Tardif, its director of regional affairs and chief privacy officer. Some patients plan to share photos or videos, but others record clinical visits in hopes of better retaining information. When done respectfully, Tardif said, such recordings can be a “very good capture of what happened during that session.”

Toronto-based lawyer Elyse Sunshine recommends that doctors create policies to manage recording in their practices. Without one, Sunshine said, “it’s difficult after the fact to say to the patient, ‘You shouldn’t have done that.’”

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